Seahawks get seven sacks, Carroll says pass rush can be better

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The Seattle Seahawks’ defense harassed quarterback Carson Palmer all night in earning a 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

Pete Carroll sent his pass rushers after his former college quarterback at USC and hit him time after time in forcing many rushed and errant throws. The Seahawks sacked Palmer seven times and hit him 13 more times on Thursday night. Eight different players combined for the sacks with no player getting more than one on the night.

The pressure came from everywhere. Defensive ends Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett each picked up a sack as did defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Clinton McDonald. Linebacker Malcolm Smith also got one with linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Red Bryant splitting another.

The options are plentiful for Carroll and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Carroll believes the pass rush can get even better.

“It was great to see the production in the pass rush. That’s something that’s getting better,” Carroll said. “We said earlier it was going to take us a while before we figure out how to mix our guys in our pass rush. We’ve got a number of different kinds of athletes to mix in there and so we’re still finding that out.”

The Seahawks have only truly had every one of their pass rush options available for a couple of weeks. Clemons missed all of training camp and didn’t get back on the field until Week 3. Avril, Bennett, McDaniel and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane were all sidelined at times in camp or early in the season. Linebacker Bruce Irvin missed the first four games due to suspension.

Now the Seahawks have all their pieces available and Carroll believes the longer they work together the better they can still become.

“We’re going to get better there,” Carroll said. “We’re going to improve at mixing our guys properly and using them to the best things they can do.

The Seahawks are currently second in the league in sacks with 23 trailing only the 30 sacks already accumulated by the Kansas City Chiefs, though they’ve played one more game than most of the league. If Seattle’s pass rush can be as dominant consistently as they were Thursday night against the Cardinals with the strength of their secondary as well, it’s going to lead to some miserable days for opposing quarterbacks the rest of the season.

11 responses to “Seahawks get seven sacks, Carroll says pass rush can be better

  1. Sacks were aided greatly by the turnstyle at left tackle Sowell. Never thought it would get worse with Brown gone but I obviously was wrong…

  2. I agree the Cards were probably not the best barometer for the quality of a given defense, but I also agree Pete is right; the defense will continue to get better.

    That should be kind of a scary thought for other teams they play.

    Go Hawks.

  3. To the fans that don’t understand how good this defensive line is they got that same pressure against the 49ers o-line which gets credit for being one of the best in NFL with Chris Clemons 1st game back from ACL and Bruce Irvin on the sideline. The sack total wasn’t higher because Kaep has some nice scramble ability.

    Sure the Cardinals offensive line is not looking solid but give credit where it is due. Even if you don’t this team is 6-1 leading the NFC. We more than likely probably secure home-field through the playoffs even if not its 3-1 on the road. Go Hawks!

  4. Seattle has a scary mix of quality talent, size mixed with speed throughout it’s defense top to bottom! Already DE Chris Clemons was leading the league last season in sacks before his ACL injury, with rookie sensation DE/OLB Michael Irvin leading all rookie pass rushers in sacks! With DE Red Bryant plugging up the right side against the opposing teams running attack, then mix it up with talented DE Michael Bennett coming around the corner with speed and size, add DT Tony McDaniel and a talented rookie DT Jordan Hill, so then you go left? right? No! cause you then run into leading DE’s Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril along with rookie speedster DE Benson Mayowa! Then you have a finally healthy DT Brandon Mebane along with another talented DT in Clinton McDonald! Then to add more fuel to the fire, you have DE/OLB Bruce Irvin playing the Sam spot as well as OLB which makes that vaunted speed of his all the more devastating! Backed by OLB Malcom Smith and LB’s Bobby Wagner in the Middle LB spot and K.J Wright at OLB! No relief there for any opposing team, just more pain! To top that off you have the “Legion of Boom” with All-Pro corners in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner and equally talented All-Pro FS Earl Thomas and SS Kam Chancellor! As I said a pretty scary defense for Seattle!

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